Paul Laverty

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Paul Laverty (born 1957 in Calcutta, India) is a Scottish lawyer and scriptwriter.

Birth and early career

Paul Laverty was born in Calcutta, India, to an Irish mother and Scottish father. He obtained a Philosophy degree at the Gregorian University in Rome. Thereafter he obtained a law degree at Strathclyde Law School, in Glasgow.

During the mid 1980s he travelled to Nicaragua and lived there for almost three years. He worked for a Nicaraguan domestic human rights organisation which provided hard evidence of human rights abuses during the war between the Marxist Nicaraguan Government (The Sandinistas) and the United States backed "Contras" in which the subject of human rights became highly contested. He travelled to the war-zones and obtained corroborated eye witness accounts which were passed on to international human rights organisations. He also travelled widely in El Salvador, during its civil war, and Guatemala too. (His interests in Latin America affairs continued much later with long research trips to Chiapas in Mexico, and along the US - Mexican border concentrating on the city of Juarez.)

Scriptwriting

After his time in Central America Laverty made contact with director Ken Loach for whom he wrote Carla's Song, his first screenplay, which starred Robert Carlyle. For his acting in My Name is Joe, Peter Mullan won the Best Actor award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Bread and Roses, detailing the experiences of migrant labour, was shot in Los Angeles,...
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